CONTACT: Carol Schliesinger, 210-207-8172
SAN ANTONIO (Jan. 30, 2018) – San Antonio is in the midst of the flu season and the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District (Metro Health) wants to help by giving away free flu vaccine at its immunizations clinic, while supplies last.
“This has been a particularly tough flu season so far. The season still has a ways to go so it’s not too late to get your flu vaccine today,” says Dr. Anita Kurian, Assistant Director for Communicable Diseases, Metro Health.
Everyone six months of age and older should get a flu vaccine each season. Pregnant women and individuals with underlying health conditions should get the protection as early as possible.
The flu vaccine is the first step in protecting yourself from the flu. Additionally, people should wash their hands often, and ensure others at home maintain the same hand-washing standards. Sneeze or cough into your elbow instead of your hands. Distance yourself from others and stay home if you start feeling sick because you may already be contagious.
To receive a free flu vaccine, individuals will need to present a state-approved identification. The immunization clinic is located at 1226 NW 18th street and is open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. For questions, contact the immunization clinic at 210-207-8894.
Nationally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates thousands of individuals die from the flu. The flu usually comes on suddenly. People who have the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms: Fever or feeling feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, fatigue. Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.